AMBASSASDOR JOURNAL: CRISTÓBAL GRACIA: WEEK 9

I want to thank all the people that stopped by the open studio. It was a nice time to show and talk in a very casual way about some of the stuff that had been in my head during the last few months, gracias.

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  Photo by Mardee Goff

Photo by Mardee Goff

The closing weekend event at the MCA of the Mothersbaugh´s exhibition was a great way to spend my last days in Denver.

Sometimes people complain about museums being too “stiff” or serious, places where you have to behave almost as in a temple. Myopia completely broke this notion, and not just because the foundation of Mothersbaugh has its roots in DEVO and in a certain newness of seeing and understating the world, but because it switches from music, to art, to television, to cinema, to jewelry, to sound and all the social interaction that comes with this.

So the closing event is not a way to say goodbye, or not just only a way of celebrating the exhibition but it is part of the exhibition, it is the best way to embrace the essence of it and gives us a unique opportunity to engage a relation with the (institution) museum in a very particular way, breaking this idea of stiffness of the museum. I believe that art is not the same as life, there are certain distinctions, of course they nourish from one another, but in this particular case, the museum became an interesting void in art and in life where it wasn’t clear who was imitating who. It was a strange place where you could be following a guy with a bunny suit just like Alice in Wonderland through the museum, or enjoy a tour of the exhibition given by the director of the MCA at 1 am, or lie on the museum floors with great sound sculptures and paintings surrounding you. Myopia transformed the understanding of this museum/void and somehow all of this became a major strength and source of creativity.

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  Photo by Jason Bye

Photo by Jason Bye

------photo of Nick “the Bunny” Silici

  Photo by Adam Lerner

Photo by Adam Lerner